The MMA odds and ends show is generally reserved for my ideas about the UFC’s brand new bookings, but we can’t ignore Bellator. The Scott Coker-led marketing has shown some noteworthy bouts for the upcoming Bellator 222 card, and below are my initial thoughts on these matchups.
Chael Sonnen vs. Lyoto Machida, Bellator 222
Bellator 222 occurs June 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York , New York. The main event is a light heavyweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida. Check out my ideas on this matchup at a previous odds and ends here.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darion Caldwell two, Bellator 222
Additionally added to Bellator 222 is a fascinating rematch between RIZIN bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi and Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell. These two fought RIZIN’s New Year’s Eve event, with Horiguchi winning the fight by third-round entry. Horiguchi (27-2) will be creating his Bellator debut here riding a 12-fight win streak. He’s a perfect 9-0 at RIZIN, also is coming off of a brilliant TKO win over former UFC fighter Ben Nguyen just a couple of weeks ago. Caldwell (13-2) is 10-1 overall in Bellator but hasn’t fought since the reduction to Horiguchi in the RIZIN ring. The last time we watched Caldwell at Bellator he knocked out Noah Lahat past summer, and besides a shocking entry defeat to Joe Taimanglo in 2016 he’s looked amazing in the Bellator cage. Nevertheless, you have to go together with Horiguchi to acquire this rematch. There is no reason to think much has changed since the last time these two fought, and I would expect Horiguchi for a sizeable popular this time around despite the fact he was an underdog the first time that these two met.
Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey, Bellator 222
As well, a catchweight (175lbs) bout between Dillon Danis and Max Humphrey takes place at Bellator 222. Dannis (1-0) filed Kyle Walker in his Bellator and MMA debut last April, but will probably be coming off of a 14-month layoff into this bout. Humphrey (3-2) is creating his Bellator introduction after losing by knockout into a nobody in the regional arena in his last outing. It’s possible to view what Bellator is hoping to do here by booking this mismatch, and Dannis will be a big favorite to get the win.
Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie, Bellator 222
We weren’t positive if Rory MacDonald would be ready to fight Neiman Gracie, but Bellator created the official announcement that the struggle was on. The Bellator welterweight name will be at stake at the semifinals of this Bellator welterweight grand prix. MacDonald (20-5-1) is 2-1-1 complete in Bellator and is coming off of a vast majority attraction to Jon Fitch, using advanced from the tournament due to a rule where the winner advances in case of a draw. MacDonald took quite a little harm in the Fitch fight and stated afterwards in his post-fight interview that he doesn’t have the drive to hurt his opponents that he once did. That is concerning, and that makes you wonder if he should be fighting soon. He says he is prepared, but we’ll see. Gracie (9-0) is 7-0 in Bellator and total has completed eight of his pro wins by entry. He’s coming off of a fantastic win over Ed Ruth from the quarterfinals, also is a live dog here against MacDonald. I anticipate MacDonald to be favored, but I’d have a very long look at Gracie in this one as MacDonald needs to be faded at this time.
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